D.C. Police Shoot Woman in Car Cash
Woman shot dead by police in D.C. after car chase
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. - Thursday October 3, 2013
A woman lies dead tonight, her 1and half year old daughter is injured, after a car chase ending with officers gunning her down, just blocks away from Capitol Hill, cause lockdown of U.S. Capitol.
6:20 p.m. - Washington, D.C. police confirm that the suspect has been pronounced dead. The child, just one year old, is identified as her daughter.
5:11 p.m. - The Associated Press reports, police shot the suspect dead citing an unidentified Congressman. All reports indicate the woman did not have a weapon.
5:00 p.m. - The child in the car was her year and half old girl, who was injured in the shooting.
4:55 p.m. - Raw video of the shooting shows at least five police officers surrounded the car during the initial contact
4:45 p.m. - CNN says, the suspect is identified as a 34-year-old woman from Connecticut.
4:26 p.m. -2 people were hospitalized from the shooting scene: a female and a Capitol Police officer. The woman has died according to reporters.
4:19 p.m. - The car has huge bullet holes after police chased it down and shot many rounds into it, after a cash from the White House area toward Capitol Hill.. 10-15 shots were fired according to local TV station WRC
About 2:30 PM EST today, witnesses say a car with a woman driving hit a barrier, but did not breach the barricade, set up near the White House in Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Ave. & 15 St. NW. This was also mentioned by law enforcement officials who said they were not authorized to publicly comment.
The reports say, police cashed the vehicle with the woman and a young child along with her.
The child's condition is has not been released and differing reports are coming in about whether or not the child was harmed or not.
Officials on the scene say they are not authorized to comment to reporters at this time. The woman's identity is being withheld at this moment.
After driving away from the scene, federal authorities sped after the woman who, according to them, was speeding away. However, when the woman stopped for a light at 2nd St. & Constitution Ave NE close to the Hart Senate Office Building, officers opened fire and the woman was shot as she tried to exit her automobile, according to Sergeant at Arms Officer Terrance Gainer of the United States Senate.
"She could not have reached the capitol anyway" said Gainer because, "There's always barricades up around there".
Senators, members of Congress and their staff were warned by Capitol police to seek shelter in a secure place. The TV screen in the Senate press gallery flashed the "all clear" message within the hour.
Precautionary measures and security surveillance was heightened all around and inside of the White House, and President Obama was informed of the situation, say White House staff.
Larry Murr of Jacksonville, Florida, a visitor to the Capitol building said he actually heard the police gunshots, according to Louisville Courier-Journal. "We were standing there" He said when, "all of a sudden we hear, pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!" He continued that he thought he heard, "Four or five shots fired rapidly in succession".
U.S. Capitol Police sent out an Email NOTICE advising everyone to "close, lock & stay away from external windows and doors".
Representative Bill Posey (Republican, Florida), on the balcony of the speakers' lobby was witness to the gun shots, as well as Representative Gerry Connolly (Democrate, Virginia). Posey said he heard "Five or six gun shots". He described it like, "Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!" in his comments to reporters. Then he says they heard sirens going off and, "cops started going everywhere, yelling "Get inside! Get inside!"
Bystanders just outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were also hurried off the scene to the court building, by police.
Reasons for the woman's behavior and for the deadly ensuing force from officers has not yet been disclosed but the nation is waiting to hear more on this most serious event.
All of this comes in the shadow of the Government close down that started this week, as congress could not come to terms over signing the bill known as "Obama Care".